Pulpit Rock Lookout and Walking Track in the Blue Mountains

Last updated: August 28, 2023

Pulpit Rock near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains is a large cliff edge with three lookout points spread across different levels. The lookouts are connected via a path with several sets of stairs.

An unsealed road and a short walking path will get you to the Pulpit Rock Lookout, offering panoramic views of the Grose Valley and beyond.

Keen to do some hiking nearby? The Pulpit Rock Track is an exciting bushwalk between the lookout and Govetts Leap. Read on to find out more!

Update 2024:
Please note that Pulpit Rock Lookout is closed until further notice. The Pulpit Rock Track can be accessed from Govetts Leap but is only partly open. Check the NSW National Parks website for the latest updates.
A good alternative is Anvil Rock Lookout, which is only a short drive away from Pulpit Rock. It’s a quiet spot with fantastic valley views.

How to Get There

The Pulpit Rock Lookout is located near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. From the Great Western Highway, turn into Hat Hill Road and follow the signs to the lookout.

Keep in mind that the last stretch is an unsealed road with a few challenging bumps, but it can easily be conquered with a regular 2WD vehicle.

There is a small car park at the end of the road, but it does fill up quickly on busy days. From the car park, it’s an easy 15-minute walk to the lookout.

The official address of the Pulpit Rock Lookout (see map location):

Pulpit Rock Track
Blue Mountains NP NSW 2570

Map of Pulpit Rock Lookout

Pulpit Rock Lookout

The Pulpit Rock lookout was first opened to the public in 1935 by Ernest Buttenshaw, the Minister for Lands in the New South Wales government.

Signpost at Pulpit Rock car park
Signpost at Pulpit Rock car park

What’s great about Pulpit Rock is its multi-tiered lookout with several platforms on different levels.

Pulpit Rock Lookout
Pulpit Rock Lookout

A walking path with stairs connects the platforms, so there is lots of space to move around and explore this beautiful spot.

Each platform offers a different perspective of the Grose Valley, and all of them combined result in near 360-degree views of the surrounding scenery.

Plaque at Pulpit Rock
Plaque at Pulpit Rock

It’s not difficult to spend a few hours at Pulpit Rock to take in the panoramic views of the valley and mountain tops on the other side.

Valley views from Pulpit Rock
Valley views from Pulpit Rock

And without the big crowds, there is more opportunity to take in the views and practise those photography skills, especially at sunset or sunrise.

Pulpit Rock Track

The Pulpit Rock walking track is a spectacular 3.5 km bushwalk between Pulpit Rock and Govetts Leap, following the edge of the cliff facing Grose Valley.

This track passes several lookout points, with each lookout offering different views of the valley and waterfalls in this part of the Blue Mountains.

Here is a map of this fantastic walk:

Map and route of Pulpit Rock Track

Closer towards Govetts Leap, the track intersects with the Popes Glen Track, which follows the Popes Glen Creek back into Blackheath.

Pulpit Rock Track
Pulpit Rock Track

From Govetts Leap, it’s possible to extend this bushwalk adventure by heading to the Evans Lookout via the Cliff Top walking track.

This walking track passes the top of the Govetts Leap waterfall and the Barrow Lookout, from where you can see the waterfall from close by.

Pulpit Rock Track
Distance: 3.5 km (one way)
Time: 2 hours
Grade: Moderate (some steep sections)
Dogs: Not allowed
Keen to find even more lookout points? Check out our list of the best lookouts in the Blackheath area that you can drive to.
 

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2 Comments
  1. Hi, was wondering if you know if pulpit rock lookout is accessible, says online that the lookout is closed due to bushfire damage?

    Reply
    • Hi Ari, yes that is correct, Pulpit Rock Lookout is still closed. We’re about to update this article.

      Govetts Leap Lookout, Anvil Rock, and Perrys Lookdown, which are all nearby, are open, if you haven’t been there yet.

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